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Remember the film of 'The Lion in Winter' with Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn? A sort of 12th century 'Dallas'.

Henry II (O'Toole), his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Hepburn), three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, current mistress, Alais, and her half-brother King Philip of France gather for a family Christmas celebration in Chinon Castle. They proceed to play a complex game of politics, power and possessions, where the prizes are the Aquitaine, Alais and the throne of England. The Christmas wine is in the pot and the added spices are that Eleanor has been imprisoned in an English Castle for the last ten years for plotting with Richard and Geoffrey to overthrow Henry; and Alais is betrothed to Richard.

If you do remember the original film you will probably love KATS' (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) Autumn production of James Goldman's original stage play – November 17-19. But you are unlikely to be able to help our man hunt. We are looking for a couple of young men to complete the cast – any age from 18 – 40. All you need is courage (Richard), cunning (Geoffrey) and confidence (both of them).

Rehearsals are due to start soon (we meet on Mondays and Thursdays), so if you think you – or someone you know – might be interested, stop reading now, pick up the 'phone and call Jo Simson on 01438 814166.


Reviewed: May 05, 2009

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